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Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.
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We highly recommend Adv. Mike Decker and have know him for many years. He has helped our family with many battles over the years. We recently received our permanent residency after 23 years in Israel. We so much appreciate Mike’s representation of us.
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Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!
If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.
We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.
The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them
I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.
I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.
Oded Ger did an excellent job by reviewing a modeling contract I was offered. Explained the bad clauses in the contract, and their possible consequences. Thank you for your amazing job, your professionalism, your consultation and honesty. You showed me from your experience how it can be done differently. It was the best decision choosing you as my lawyer.
I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
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Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.
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Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
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For Advocate Joshua Pex.
We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.
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The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.
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Alexander P Gutterman
EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.
I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.
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Jews who are originally from Spain in Australia have contributed much to the development of the local social, commercial, and economic life. When the first Sephardic (Sefardi) Jewish settlers arrived in Australia in the 19th century, they established businesses, banks, cultural centers, and artwork that still exist today. In addition, the community leaders were known as philanthropists and recognized by the authorities as personalities that influenced and aided the advancement of the large country.
This article discusses the rights of Australian Jews to receive a Portuguese passport. It is important to note that in Australia it is not just the Sephardic communities that are eligible for a Portuguese passport. This is because there are thousands of Ashkenazi Jews who are descendants of Sephardic Jews who settled the country even before the beginning of the 19th century. Our Israeli law firm assists family members of Spanish expellee origin in the process of receiving a Portuguese passport.
Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish Immigration to Australia
Spanish Jewry in Australia arose at the beginning of the 19th century when British merchants of Spanish origin arrived in Australia in order to open trade businesses. The merchants came with their families and settled in the cities of Melbourne, Adelaide, Victoria, and Sydney, and they were considered affluent. Among the most prominent family names were Mendes Da Costa, Mendoza, Belisario, Montefiore, Mocata, and more. The Sephardic settlement was regarded by the local British as important and necessary for the economic development of the region.
It is important to know that Australia only received its independence from Britain in 1901, so until then the country served as a colony for British prisoners. Consequently, masses of Jewish prisoners arrived in Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Within the groups of prisoners there were dozens of Sephardic Jews. It is said that after they were released from prison, some of the Sephardic Jews returned to their Judaism, since they found a home in the local Sephardic Jewish community.
Sephardic Jews in Australia
The Sephardic Jewish community was a constructive, enterprising, and philanthropic community. With their integration in Australia, they established intercontinental shipping companies, schools, and public hospitals in the city of Adelaide. Amongst them were members of Parliament in various parts of the country, such as Victoria, Southern Australia, and New South Wales. Joseph Montefiore was the first official president of the Australian Jewish community that was founded in Sydney 1832. It should be noted that the traditions of the Sephardic congregation at this time were Ashkenazi customs.
In addition, Joseph Montefiore, together with local investors, established several regional bank branches. His brother Jacob Montefiore was one of the founders of the Australian Southern District in 1836. Another Montefiore brother, Eliezer Levi, was considered the founder of the Jewish Community of Adelaide. He also donated his money for the construction of local libraries and art galleries. In the last few years of his life, Eliezer Levi Montefiore served as the head director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
By the 19th century, Jews from Iraq and Turkey joined the Sephardic community in Australia. However, from 1901 – the year of Australia’s independence – until the 1940s, only white Europeans were given permission to enter the country. This greatly limited Jewish immigration from the Middle East. We know that only 15 Turkish Jews succeeded in entering Australia during this time period amongst all those who attempted.
Jewish Immigration to Australia in the 20th Century
After World War II, Sephardic Jews from Egypt, Iraq, India (they were descendants of Iraqi Jews), Turkey, and North African countries came to Australia. There was a division in the Sephardic community. The Egyptians who grew up and were educated in Egypt were considered as a more Western or European population, because they spoke French, Italian, and English fluently. The Iraqi population was considered the most pious because they maintained an orthodox lifestyle. The Indian community was divided into two groups. Those from Calcutta (today Kolkata) and those from Bombay (today Mumbai). The Jews of Calcutta adopted Syrian customs, and the Jews of Bombay followed the Iraqi customs.
While the State of Israel was being established in the middle of the 20th century, there were riots and murders in neighboring Arab countries such as Egypt, Iraq, and others. As a result of these riots, the Jews left their homes and some of them chose to immigrate to Australia. In the 1970s, the Sephardic community numbered approximately 6,000 members. Today it is estimated that the Sephardic community in Australia has 10,000 members from among the Jewish community’s 120,000 people.
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- The Sephardic Connection of the Jews of Jamaica
- Portuguese Passport for Iraqi Jews
- Portuguese Citizenship with a Criminal Record
- Does a European Passport Holder Need a Visa to the US?
Thank you Mr. Jonathan Gavrielov for helping with this article.
Contact an expert Lawyer about Immigration to Portugal
Our office can help you know your family connections. We are in contact with genealogists who can help you search your family tree and confirm your Sephardic family connection. Please know that the conditions for receiving a Portuguese passport do not require a direct connection to the Spanish expellees, rather that the applicant maintain a cultural and familial connection to the Sephardic tradition. We would be happy to check your legal eligibility for a Portuguese passport. Contact a lawyer from one of these numbers: